Nothing reminds us more of the extremes of life than the day after.
The excitement of Christmas followed the next day by exhaustion and quiet.
The intensity of New Year’s Eve followed by waking up alone to the silence of the next morning.
The fear of a medical procedure followed the next day by the realization that it is both over and you made it.
The newness of the first day of a vacation trip followed the day after by the familiarity you now have with your surroundings.
The curiosity generated when you first meet someone followed the next day by reflecting on what was heard and said.
The anger you had towards someone followed the next day by the struggle to realize that you, most likely, cannot change things.
What’s missing in the day after is the realization that the next day provides us safety and balance against the extremes in life we so often embrace.